Her photography concerns perceptions of Arabs and Muslims internationally and focuses in particular on issues of gender and representations of Muslim/Arab women and their clothing.

Born in Sana's, Yemen in 1969, moved to Paris in 2013.

Almutawakel was living in the United States at the time of the September 11 attacks, which led her to focus on perceptions, both positive and negative, of Arabs and Muslims. She engaged specifically with the Egyptian writer Nawal El Saadawi's remark that "women who wore the hijab or niqab were the same as women who wore makeup in the sense that they all hid their true identities", and sought to interpret Saadawi's ideas through photography. Her "hijab series" explores perceptions of women in particular, and includes photographs of "Fulla" dolls, a toy similar to Barbie dolls marketed to Muslim children.